August 12, 2006

Sharpley in line for seconds

Charlie Weis prepares one quarterback to play. The rest have to fit in.

But that doesn't mean the Notre Dame head coach keeps his critiques of Evan Sharpley quiet, not when the sophomore quarterback is a knee sprain away from standing in for a Heisman Trophy favorite. Sharpley grabbed nearly all the second-team reps during Saturday morning's open practice, pulling back the veil on what's been a mysterious competition.

For Sharpley to stay ahead of freshmen Demetrius Jones and Zach Frazer, he'll have to avoid earfuls like the one Weis delivered during the sixth day of fall camp. On one play Sharpley bypassed an open Barry Gallup Jr. in the flat to push the ball downfield to Richard Jackson, a pass that Darrin Walls broke up. Weis lit into Sharpley's failure to make a pre-snap read.

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